Cymbidium suavissimum – 365 days of orchids – day 1690

We have been waiting for flowers on this fragrant cymbidium for about ten years, and it has been well worth the wait.

Cymbidium suavissimum is not a common species and has only been found in small areas of northern Myanmar and northern Vietnam where it is found in warmish evergreen forests at about 800-1000m so is a little warmer growing than many of the Himalayan cymbidiums. It is also unusual in being a July/August flowering species. It’s closest cousin is Cymbidium floribundum which has similar flowers but is smaller growing with less flowers and none of the gorgeous scent (citrus and fruity) present in this species.

We have tried growing the species warm and cool and can now feel that the key to flowering the species is to grow decent sized pseudobulbs with plenty of feed and water through the growing season. It seems to resent being cold and damp in the winter but does not seem to like life too hot either.

We have pollinated some of the flowers already and hope to have some seedlings in future.



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  1. Howard Rice says:

    Definitely a case of Congratulations! We haven’t had a lot of hot weather this summer so I wonder if that might also have helped.

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Thanks – it could be. The external weather has a significant impact on the cooler greenhouse sections.